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Unusual working hours increase higher risk of developing  type 2 diabetes in employees

Unusual working hours increase higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes in employees

Unusual working hours or erratic ‘shift’ culture, such as rotational shifts or prolonged night shifts, can put employees at an increased higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those having a regular daytime schedule.  Citing the negative impact of unusual working hours, Dr Vijay Viswanathan, Co-opted Member, National RSSDI, explains, “Shift work has been also linked to various other risk factors for diabetes, such as poor diet and lack of physical activity.

 Individuals who work unusual hours often have less time to prepare healthy meals and may be more likely to turn to fast food or convenient foods, which are high in calories, sugar, and saturated fats. They also may have less time for regular physical activity, which is crucial for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.

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Chronobiological disturbances caused by erratic shift culture in offices can also lead to changes in appetite and energy metabolism, which can contribute to the development of obesity and metabolic disorders. Studies have shown that rotational shift workers have an increased risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome, which are risk factors for type 2 diabetes., added Dr BM Makkar, President, RSSDI. 

Risk factors such as genetic predisposition, obesity, and lack of physical activity are also responsible. Therefore, individuals need to be aware of the risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes and take steps to reduce their risk by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.